Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) @JCC Rockville

Memorial for the 23,741 fallen soldiers and 3,150 victims of terror. 


Brave, strong, and dedicated to the survival of Israel. 


May their memory be a blessing!


Also a beautiful video my daughter, Minna sent to me. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Mazel Tov On Jerusalem

Today, Jerusalem has been recognized as the capital of Israel–Mazel tov!


– 70 years after President Truman instructed the State Department to support the U.N. partition plan.


– 50 years since the Six Day War in which Jerusalem was reunified.


– 22 years after the Jerusalem Embassy Act was passed for relocating the U.S. Embassy to the capital, Jerusalem.


Everyone has been patient and waited a long time for this.


As President Trump stated, we are recognizing the reality, the obvious, and “it is the right thing to do!”


Yes, Israel is a sovereign nation with the right to determine their own capital as every nation does. 


And Jerusalem is that capital today as it has been historically from the times of the Bible. 


We are blessed to be witnessing in our time the miraculous fulfillment of G-d’s promise for the quintessential return of the Israelites to the Promised Land, and toward the ultimate redemption.


From the ashes of the Holocaust, G-d has resurrected and brought us alive again.


Many that I have spoken with today express genuine fear about the ramifications of this announcement of recognition. 


But as President Trump displayed today, we must all go forward together courageously and in celebration. 


The State of Israel is blooming from its agricultural fields to the incredible medical and technological innovations that are helping people throughout the world.


We must never forget that it is only with G-d’s blessing and under his watchful eye.


May we all pray for peace and security, and let their not be war or terrorism anymore! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal via White House)

Thank You Chaplain Berning

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I read about this amazing “Spiritual Communications Board” that Chaplain Joel Nightingale Berning invented for New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. 


The board allows hospital patients who are intubated or otherwise can’t talk to communicate their spiritual health and needs. 


The top part allows the person to say what religion they are. 


The bottom left, are choices for how they feel from afraid and lonely, to nervous, helpless, and hopeless, and even to identify on a scale of 0 to 10, the level of their spiritual pain. 


And on the bottom right, they can point to ask for spiritual help… from a prayer, song, or blessing to talk with me, sit with me, get my family or hold my hand. 


While hospitals have traditionally been focused on getting a person, with G-d’s help, physically healthy again, it is wonderful to see people, like Chaplain Berning looking after the spiritual side of patients wellness and health as well. 


To heal, people don’t just need surgeries and medicines, but they need to deal with all the emotions and pain surrounding their condition and their challenging life situations, and this is something that spiritual caregivers can make a huge difference with. 


The health of the soul and the body are linked in more ways than one. 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Chaplain Berning)

Graduation Day

Graudation
So proud of Minna graduating from University of Maryland today. 



And in only 3 1/2 years…record time, while she worked an internship too.



With a major in communication, please G-d she will go out as the keynote speaker said, “the glue that mends broken dialogue” in society.  



Communications comes from community…from marketing and branding to public relations and diplomacy, communications is key in everything we do from vetting ideas, innovating, decision making, teamwork, and even social media. 



Lots of luck in your future and may Hashem bless you in all that you do.



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Lighting The Shabbat Candles

Shabbat Candles
Wanted to share this beautiful picture



The mother is ushering in Shabbat.



The children are gathered around.



The father is in synagogue.



The mother lights the holy candles.



She covers her eyes, and makes the blessing.



“Blessed are you, G-d, King of the Universe, who made us holy with his commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Shabbat light.”



She then blesses her loved ones. 



Shabbat is here, and it is time to stop all the routine, mundane things from the regular weekdays. 



There is no work on the 7th day–it is the day for Hashem!



Rest, peace, and spirituality are upon us. 



Let us celebrate together and rejoice. 



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

From Hymietown To Chickenshit

Ballam And The Donkey Stopped By Angel Of G-d

In 8 years of blogging, I don’t think I have ever written twice about the same topic in a single day–but today, I am appalled.. 



In 1984, Rev. Jesse Jackson (later the democratic Presidential candidate) referred to the Jewish people and New York as Hymietown



Roll forward to 2014, and we have “senior administration officials” who have called Israel’s heroic Prime Minister Netanyahu a “Chickensh*t.”



In 1624, Rembrandt painted this beautiful work from the Bible of Balaam riding on the way to curse the Israelites.



The problem for him was that an Angel of G-d stood in his path–his donkey saw it, but not Balaam!  (Numbers 22:21-39)



In Genesis 12:3, God says to Abraham: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.”



Of course, the Israelites have to be deserving of this and act according to G-d’s word and by a strict moral code. 



For those who act shamefully, with arrogance before G-d, and unapologetically, and use their political platform to name-call, curse, and degrade Israel, no man ultimately needs to answer this, G-d provides the answer himself. 



Kudos to House Speaker John Boehner for speaking up against this grotesque, “disrespectful rhetoric” unbecoming the leadership of the United States of America. 



Congress should take up a vote unanimously condemning these disgusting, derogatory, Anti-semitic remarks–for those who bless Israel shall be blessed! 😉



(Source Photo here via Wikipedia)

^^^To The Six Million^^^

Holocaust Memorial Miami
I am dedicating my 2001st blog post to my 6 million! Jewish brothers and sisters who were murdered in the Holocaust. 



May G-d have mercy on their souls and in their name bless us, the survivors, to do his holy bidding and good deeds. 



Thank you G-d for bringing me to this time and for all your enduring kindness. 



May you give me the strength and inspiration to carry on as a hopefully positive influence in this world. 



(Source Photo of Miami Holocaust Memorial: Andy Blumenthal)